Benjamin King House – SOLD!
- 933 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.076 acres / Zoning: RU-5(2)
, Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
, Regional Director
Preservation NC, Piedmont Office
Newly renovated cottage close to vibrant downtown Durham and Research Triangle Park. Buyer eligible for tax credits. Historic charm, smart design details, affordable, and energy efficient!
East Durham is a large National Register Historic District just a few blocks from downtown Durham, which is chock-full of restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and entertainment. Durham is the 4th largest city in NC and is known as the City of Medicine. It is about halfway between the mountains and the coast, and is part of the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh and Chapel Hill are the other points of the triangle). Durham is served by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and is about 30 minutes from Raleigh and 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.
Architectural & Historical Information
Enjoy cottage living in this sweet front-gable bungalow! The house at 1916 Hart St. in Old East Durham may have been built around 1930 for Benjamin King, a knitter in one of the area mills. Situated on a small urban lot, the house is a great example of the modest scale houses that offered spacious interiors within a compact building footprint. Close to many area businesses and manufacturers, it was also near the streetcar system that provided transportation for early 20th-century East Durham workers to downtown Durham. This proximity to work environments continues today with Research Triangle Park just three exits down the Durham Freeway and downtown Durham a quick commute west on Main St. The Benjamin King House features a full width integral porch, a spacious living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen with pantry/laundry room, and a nice-sized bathroom. The manageably-sized lot is ready for cottage garden plantings!
PNC is fully renovating the house as part of its Project RED effort. It will be sold with protective covenants as a single-family owner-occupied residence. Eligible buyers may take advantage of state tax credits.
The East Durham National Register Historic District, just a few blocks east of Downtown, was developed as a neighborhood with middle-class housing between the 1890s and 1940s by the Durham Land and Security Company. Convenient to Duke, NC Central University and Research Triangle Park, the ideally located neighborhood provides an excellent mix of affordable, quality historic homes. Contributing properties in the historic district are eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits.